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7 “Is there not aa time of hard service for man on earth?
Are not his days also like the days of a hired man?
2 Like a servant who 1earnestly desires the shade,
And like a hired man who eagerly looks for his wages,
3 So I have been allotted bmonths of futility,
And wearisome nights have been appointed to me.
4 cWhen I lie down, I say, ‘When shall I arise,
And the night be ended?’
For I have had my fill of tossing till dawn.
5 My flesh is dcaked with worms and dust,
My skin is cracked and breaks out afresh.
6 “My edays are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
And are spent without hope.
7 Oh, remember that fmy life is a breath!
My eye will never again see good.
8 gThe eye of him who sees me will see me no more;
While your eyes are upon me, I shall no longer be.
So hhe who goes down to the grave does not come up.
iNor shall his place know him anymore.
11 “Therefore I will jnot restrain my mouth;
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will kcomplain in the bitterness of my soul.
That You set a guard over me?
13 lWhen I say, ‘My bed will comfort me,
My couch will ease my complaint,’
And terrify me with visions,
And death rather than 2my body.
16 mI loathe my life;
I would not live forever.
nLet me alone,
17 “What pis man, that You should exalt him,
That You should set Your heart on him,
18 That You should 4visit him every morning,
And test him every moment?
Will You not look away from me,
And let me alone till I swallow my saliva?
What have I done to You, qO watcher of men?
Why rhave You set me as Your target,
So that I am a burden 5to myself?
And take away my iniquity?
For now I will lie down in the dust,
And You will seek me diligently,
But I will no longer be.”
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